I was at yoga last week and our instructor said something (as I'm in the middle of a great sun salute a) that really hit me.
"Pay attention to when you want to stop," she said, "and when you need to stop."
While running, I find that 98% of the time when I'm feeling it, I want to stop. Does anyone else feel that way? I'm not talking about that nagging injury or a pulled muscle or serious injury... it's so important to listen to you body and know when you need to stop, at the risk of injuring yourself. I'm talking about when you're so tired, or having a rough day, or just plain don't want to, and you want to stop.
For me this little snippet has been seriously empowering. A new mantra perhaps. I've got a half marathon on Sunday and that is what I'll be asking myself when those miles get hard (and believe me, they will get hard). Julia, do you need to stop? Or do you just want to? Mind or matter. That's all there is to it.